Almost two years after launching its first true wireless noise-cancelling earphones, the WF-1000X, Japanese tech giant Sony has unveiled its successor that comes with a refreshed look, new features and a whole host of improvements that the company says makes it worth the upgrade from the older model. Called the WF-1000XM3, the new pair feature an in-ear design and is said to have better noise-cancelling capabilities than its predecessor, thanks largely to the use of its in-house QN1e HD noise cancelling processor.

According to Sony, the chip is virtually identical to the one found on the WH-1000XM3 over-the-ear headphones, and is said to be 40 percent more efficient in cancelling out ambient noise when compared to the 1000X. The QN1e is also said to use 24-bit digital-to audio processing that makes the earphones more energy efficient, allowing for better battery life. It also takes care of DAC duties and acts as an internal analogue amplifier.

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Sony claims that with noise-cancelling and Bluetooth turned on, the earphones will offer six hours of battery life natively and up to a whopping 24 hours with the bundled carry case that can charge the device up to three more times. With noise-cancelling turned off, Sony says the device will offer a up to eight hours on a single charge and an extra 24 hours from the case.

The Sony WF-1000XM3 will be offered in black and platinum silver, and are set to go on sale in the US in July for $230 and in the UK the following month at £220. There’s no word on when it will reach Indian shores.